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Maryland three-year-olds start Sires Stakes at Ocean Downs
Monday, July 10, 2017 - by Cheri Stambaugh

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Berlin, MD---The pacing fillies started the Sunday night (July 9) card with two divisions of prelims. Whitesvillemichele (Capitol Power) held off a strong challenge by Cheap Ain’t Fast winning by a neck in the 1:58.4 clocking. W. David Hill III drove for owner/trainer/breeder Gary White.

The second division for pacing fillies saw the favorite Miss Valerie (Allie’s Western) take control in the gate to wire win over Evergreen Marla stopping the clock in 1:59.1. Reinsman Roger Plante Jr. had a little scare when Miss Valerie jumped the photo finish light at the wire. Steve LeBlanc trains and co-owns the filly with Count De Money Stable and William Lutz Jr. Tom & Linda Winebrener are the breeders.

Hybrid Henry (Cam’s Rocket) took some air to the quarter before taking the lead from LG’s Hotshoeboy setting a stakes record for trotting geldings of 1:58.1. Russell Foster was the pilot for owner/trainer/breeder Richard Hans.

The sire stakes prelims continued on Monday night July 10th with the pacing colts and geldings. Mr Ham Sandwich (Cam’s Rocket) returned to winning form in the second race with Russell Foster in the bike. The 1:55 mile was just short of the stakes record. Adios Muchachos finished second 5 lengths back. Judy Welty trains the winner for owner/breeder Brian Emerson.

Trotting filly Holy Trout (Holy Guacamolie) remains a perfect 7 for 7 in 2017 for owner/breeder Dr. William Solomon. Roger Plant Jr. was the driver in the 2:01.3 mile with Daygone up for place.

The second round of prelims continues Sunday and Monday July 16th & 17th.

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